SK Broadband is having to double its capacity for Netflix

South Korean fixed broadband operator SK Broadband has said it’s having to double its network capacity to cope with Netflix demand.

In order to cope, the operator will boost its data transfer speed for high-speed networks to 100 Gbps from 50 Gbps. The operator plans to address complaints about Netflix streaming quality by doubling the size of its overseas network.

South Korea is renowned for its fast broadband speeds. Last year, SK Broadband rolled out 2.3 Gbps internet speeds and the nation regularly...

Zimbabwe shuts down internet amid protest crackdown

Zimbabwe has ordered a shutdown of internet services while it violently cracks down on protests over fuel hikes.

Econet, the country's largest mobile operator, is one company reporting it’s been ordered to cut off services.

Access to popular services including WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter has been intermittent since protests began on Monday.

These services are often used to organise protests, as well as report on excessive violence by the government.

Reuters quotes UN human rights spokesperson...

By Ryan Daws, 18 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Privacy.

Huawei founder holds presser addressing security concerns

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei held a rare press conference to address security concerns surrounding the company.

Zhengfei, who has not held a press conference with foreign media since 2015, decided to make an intervention over Huawei espionage claims.

Critics of Huawei believe the company would provide sensitive data to the Chinese government upon request. Some even say the firm is compelled by Chinese law, something Huawei has always denied exists.

Zhengfei said that his company has “never received any...

T-Mobile says it has 5G in 30 cities just awaiting devices

Telecoms giant T-Mobile has quietly announced it has 5G live in 30 cities and is now just awaiting devices which support it.

Speaking to Light Reading, the operator confirmed the launches after making a promise at the start of last year. At the time, T-Mobile said it would have 30 cities supplied with 5G by the end of 2018.

The company says it’s yet to offer commercial 5G services as no smartphones on the...

By Ryan Daws, 15 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

British hacker took down Liberia’s whole telecoms network

A 32-year-old hacker from Surrey, England was arrested for a cyber attack which disabled Liberia’s whole telecoms network.

The hacker, Daniel Kaye, admitted to being hired by a senior official at Liberian telco Cellcom to carry out a cyber attack on rival Lonestar.

Mike Hulett, Head of Operations at the National Cyber Crime Unit, said:

“Daniel Kaye was operating as a highly skilled and capable hacker-for-hire. His activities inflicted substantial damage on numerous businesses...

By Ryan Daws, 14 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Connectivity, Disruption, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Security.

AT&T CEO: Rivals mocking 5G-E ‘makes me smile’

AT&T is getting a rough time from competitors over its 5G-E, but the company’s CEO says it's putting a smile on his face.

“If I now occupy beachfront real estate in our competitors’ heads, that makes me smile,” said AT&T CEO John Donovan during an appearance on stage at CES this week.

The company stirred up some controversy with its decision to put a ‘5G-E’ indicator on smartphones...

By Ryan Daws, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom successfully achieve millimetre wave link with data transmission rate of 40Gbps

A recently conducted joint innovation project between Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom successfully demonstrated a millimetre wave link with a data transmission rate of 40Gbps.

The live trial, which was organised at the Deutsche Telekom Service Centre in Athens, is a breakthrough moment in the evolution from today’s 10Gbps reality toward the 100Gbps future. It was arranged over a hop distance of 1.4 kilometres in the...

By Telecoms, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Industry, Networks, Operators.

Rivals mock AT&T’s 5G-E with T-Mobile teasing ‘9G’ update

AT&T is slapping a ‘5G E’ indicator on devices connected to its gigabit LTE network, and it’s getting suitably mocked by rivals.

T-Mobile kicks off proceedings with a fine bit of trolling from its Twitter account:

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John Legere, T-Mobile’s ever-vocal CEO, also used Twitter to accuse AT&T of “flat out” lying to customers.

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

SK Telecom conducted the first live TV broadcast over 5G

SK Telecom has achieved yet another historic first after conducting a live TV broadcast over a commercial 5G network.

The largest mobile network in South Korea broadcasted the country’s new year celebrations. In addition to a countdown, interviews were conducted at the historic Bosingak bell pavilion.

Bosingak was first used during the Joseon Dynasty in 1619 to mark the opening of the gates to start each day, and the subsequent closing at the end. It’s an important part of South Korean history and...

By Ryan Daws, 03 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadcast, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

Early test results of AT&T’s 5G network are underwhelming

Early speed tests of 5G should be taken with a grain of salt, but those of AT&T’s network appear underwhelming compared to 4G.

AT&T’s 5G network is live in 12 cities. Without supporting handsets the only way to access the network is via a hotspot.

The network’s first consumer mobile 5G device is the Netgear Nighthawk hotspot. There’s a distinct lack of evidence many are using it going by the relative quiet on forums and social networks.

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By Ryan Daws, 02 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.